Our History and Aims
On 26th September 1936, at the suggestion of Fred Melville, a group of eminent philatelists met at the offices of Robson Lowe. By a unanimous decision The Postal History Society was formed and a small committee appointed to draw up the rules.
The objects of the Society were, and remain, the promotion and encouragement of the study of postal communications, local, national and international, to publish a journal for members and other works relating to postal history.
The inaugural meeting was held on the 24th October 1936 when Mr. Charles Clear, of the Public Relations Department of the GPO, delivered a paper entitled "John Loudon McAdam and the Post Office".
At the end of the first year the membership roll stood at 61. Initially meetings were held approximately monthly in London but soon one-day and weekend meetings were organised in towns such as Bath, Bournemouth and Cheltenham. Study Groups were set up each under a specialist, well respected in their field of postal history.
Recently, Hugh Feldman has edited and Graham Mark has authored a Souvenir Book to mark the Society's 75th Anniversary. The Book contains much fascinating detail of the Society's history and can be read on line here
Today the membership numbers 315 of whom 75 are overseas members. All day meetings are held at a variety of locations around the UK and a weekend conference is held annually in October. A quarterly journal, Postal History, usually 32 x A4 pages with colour illustrations, publishes members' articles on the many aspects of postal history and also includes book reviews as well as society news.
The Council of the Society actively seeks papers, monographs and books for publication with twenty titles currently in print and available from the Publications Officer.